Breaking News: Flights to Israel Suspended Due To Rocket Attack
Due to security reasons as a result of civil unrest — most notably, reports of a rocket or associated debris supposedly launched from the Gaza Strip and landed in Yehud near Ben Gurion International Airport, which serves the greater Tel Aviv metropolitan area — airlines have suspended flights to Israel until further notice.
The airlines include but are not limited to the following:
- Delta Air Lines
- US Airways
- United Airlines
- Air France
- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
- Korean Air
- Lufthansa, Austrian and SWISS
Two minor injuries were reported as the only casualties.
A Boeing 747-400 aircraft — which operated as Delta Air Lines flight 468 from New York to Tel Aviv and carried 273 passengers and 17 flight crew members — was diverted to Charles de Gaulle international airport near Paris earlier today.
FlyerTalk member mke9499 noted on July 11, 2014 that Delta Air Lines had issued a travel advisory which stated that “a one-time change will be allowed at N/C for travel occurring during the period July 9-31, 2014, with travel to be rebooked and completed by August 15, 2014.”
There is no word at this time as to whether or not Air Canada, British Airways or Aegean Airlines will join the list of airlines whose flights will avoid Israel indefinitely.
The Federal Aviation Administration officially prohibited all flights to Tel Aviv operated by airlines based in the United States from flying to or from Ben Gurion Airport for a period of up to 24 hours — but airlines such as Delta Air Lines have reportedly suspended flights to Tel Aviv indefinitely.
However, the transportation minister of Israel stressed to airlines based in the United States to return to normal operations, as the airport was safe and that there was no security concern for passenger aircraft.
Officials at airlines are understandably skittish about flights operating near areas of conflict after a Boeing 777-2H6ER aircraft which operated as Malaysia Airlines flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur had crashed in Ukraine after been shot down due to a missile. Flights from many airlines are avoiding the airspace above Ukraine until further notice.
If you plan of flying as a passenger on an airplane to Israel in the near future, contact the airline which will operate your flight in case your travel plans are affected.